GERMANTOWN, MD. – In sports, the only thing more difficult than winning a championship is trying to defend it the following season.
The Maryland Terrapins showed the college soccer world just how hard defending a title is these days, as the No. 2 team in the country dethroned the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels 2-1 in Sunday’s ACC Championship Final at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
GERMANTOWN, MD - It was far from easy for either side but the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins (16-1-2) and No. 3 North Carolina Tarheels (15-2-2) proved they were the hungriest teams in the tournament as the heavy favorites each pulled out dramatic wins Friday night in the ACC Championship Semifinals.
In the night cap following the Tar Heels’ PK shootout win over Virginia, the Terrapins secured the most anticipated re-match of the college soccer season to this point by beating Clemson 2-1 in comeback fashion.
GERMANTOWN, MD - A cool and ultimately more determined defending national champion North Carolina Tarheels team defeated the Virginia Cavaliers in penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation and two overtime periods Friday night in the first ACC Semifinal match-up Friday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
United's U-18 Academy team netted an astounding seven goals in a 7-1 victory over the VA Rush.
Braces from three players – Denis Najar (Alexandria, Va.), Patrick Foss (South Riding, Va.) and Timothy Wilson (Frederick, Md.) – helped the U-18’s cruise to a 7-1 win in which the squad notched the highest goals total in a single match this season. Michael Seaton (Hyattsville, Md.) tallied a goal in the 46th minute to add to the scoring as well.
D.C. United's U-16 US Soccer Development Academy team continued their winning ways by shutting out VA Rush 3-0 this past Saturday.
Sharp one-touch and two-touch passing, quick attacks and strong defensive play guided the U-16’s to a 3-0 victory over the VA Rush U-16 squad. Julian Cummings (Fredericksburg, Va.) put the U-16’s ahead 1-0 off of a Christophe Koffi (Potomac, Md.) pass across the six-yard box. The two other goals also came in the first half, with Koffi and Gerson Umana (Lorton, Va.) setting each other up for one strike apiece.
After Hurricane Sandy delayed the finals to today, eight State Cup Champions were crowned from six different clubs, including reigning U.S. Youth Soccer National Champions BRYC 95 Elite and VSA Heat Blue.
U15 Girls: PWSI Courage 97 Red 1, Richmond Kickers Elite 0
U15 Boys: Arlington Impact Red 3, FCR Magic 97 1
U16 Girls: McLean MPS 96 Force 3, PWSI Courage 96 Red 0
U16 Boys: Arlington Strikers Red 3, ABGC Spartans SC 1
U17 Girls: BRYC 95 Elite 1, PWSI Courage 95 Gold 0
On Sunday, D.C. United's U-16 Academy team defeated Potomac's U-16's 4-1 at Long Bridge Park in Arlington, Va.
Gaining a rhythm of possession early and stymieing the opponents’ talented attacking corps with an organized backline, the U-16 team showed great discipline as well. Goals came from a Gerson Umana double – his opener a beautiful free kick from 25 yards and his second a pass from winger Julian Cummings – and a Christophe Koffi brace – his first a cross from Michael Monahan and his second a cross off of the post from Cummings.
Here’s the breakdown of the Under-18 Girls bracket of the Virginia State Cup semifinals and finals, set for this weekend at the River City Sportsplex in Richmond.
Here’s the breakdown of the Under-17 Girls bracket of the Virginia State Cup semifinals and finals, set for this weekend at the River City Sportsplex in Richmond.
• BRYC 95 Elite (#1)
• McLean MPS Fury Green (#2)
• PWSI Courage 95 Gold (#3)
• Richmond Kickers Elite (#4)
Semifinal: Oct. 27, 4 p.m. – #1 BRYC 95 Elite vs. #4 Richmond Kickers Elite, River City Sportsplex #2
About halfway through the 2012-13 NCAA season, the first year that MLS will graduate a class of homegrown players, several former members of D.C. United Academy teams are making significant contributions to their respective collegiate squads.
Uwem Etuk, a senior at West Virginia University, has tallied six assists this season, best (tied) among all players in the Mid-American Conference. Etuk’s Mountaineers currently sit in second place in their division, just behind No. 2 University of Akron.